Logistics Publications

Heathrow Airport Strike

Posted on August 20, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom, the 19th busiest airport in the world, has been engaging in discussions to avoid a strike by its workers. With pending strikes, cancelled strikes, and several negotiations of various contingency plans ongoing since June of 2019, it is difficult to tell what actions will or will not occur at the Heathrow Airport.  The only thing certain right now is that there are flights that have been cancelled due to the potential for uncertainty, and this number may continue to rise.The potential could prove to drive financial losses against shippers and carriers, as... Read More

Waste Classification Plan in China

Posted on August 15, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

On July 1, 2019, Shanghai, China formally implemented a garbage classification plan. Citizens are still learning the definition and requirements of dry, wet and recyclable garbage. In China, sanitary landfill or even simple landfill are main ways to dispose garbage. However, these disposal methods occupy substantial land and pollute the environment by producing sewage and raising the insect breeding such as mosquitos. Also, the plastic waste beneath the ground is harmful to the quality of soil and might reduce crop production or even poison plants. Furthermore, if these plants are eaten by animals, it would cause massive death.   In order... Read More

Blockchain – The Future of Supply Chain

Posted on July 31, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In today’s world, managing the supply chain has become extremely complex. Most of the companies still use paper-based systems or traditional database management tools to manage trade and supply chain activities. Several individuals and entities are involved, but the same transaction might be available in multiple versions in different systems. Due to the lack of visibility and complexity in current supply chains, there is interest in how blockchains might transform the supply chain and logistics industry.Blockchain-based digital ledger enables faster transaction with a lower fee and helps to eliminate fraud. Blockchain operates as a distributed ledger, storing... Read More

Dubai’s DP World Acquires Canadian Terminal Fraser Surrey Docks

Posted on July 30, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

A great project is in the making with steady steps towards evolution and practical implementation.DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, said on May 9th, 2019 it has agreed to buy Canadian marine terminal Fraser Surrey Docks from a Macquarie Group fund.Fraser Surrey Docks is located in Greater Vancouver and is one of the city’s major steel import terminals. The terminal has 1,200 meters of berth and 189 acres of yard and in 2018 handled over 1 million tons of grain and 250,000 twenty-foot equivalent shipping containers. The marine terminal is being acquired through Canadian subsidiary... Read More

Internal Audit to Meet New AEO Regulations

Posted on July 24, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

China Customs Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) is a concept under the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (SAFE Framework). It represents a Customs-to-Business partnership to enhance international supply chain security and facilitate movement of legitimate goods.In November 2018, China Customs published no. 177 and no.178 in order to update related requirements on AEO application. In March 2019, China Customs identified the financial index requirements. Therefore, enterprise needs meet some new or changed requirements to keep AEO certificate.Customs new focus items for Advanced AEO enterprise contain:1. Enhance requirements on  process execution effective.2. Add... Read More

IOT - Transforming the Logistics Industry

Posted on July 03, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In today’s fast-paced economy, the revolutionization of technology is a vital component of the logistics industry. The Internet of Things (IOT) is a device that allows for collaboration with other devices via the internet to transfer data without the need for human-to-human interaction. IOT aids in the ability to connect all individuals involved in the shipment process to the end consumer. The implementation of IOT can offer full-spectrum visibility to supply chain operations that may need improvements. IOT also unites informational and operational technology to reduce operating costs perform predictive maintenance to reduce inconsistencies within the infrastructure. IOT... Read More

What's Next for LTL?

Posted on June 16, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

There are pros and cons when using LTL as a shipping mode. Perhaps the simplest way to look at it is from a time vs. money perspective. Shipping via LTL is much cheaper than the full-truckload (FTL) alternative, but you sacrifice visibility and timeliness. Several indicators show that LTL is trending up in a big way in 2019.The first contributing factor to LTL’s predicted success in 2019 is the growth of E-Commerce. As we all know, more and more people are doing their shopping online instead of in person. This means that an increased amount of pressure will... Read More

What the IMO 2020 Entails

Posted on June 15, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

The shipping industry has 11 months until the International Maritime Organization's Sulfur Regulations, commonly referred to as IMO 2020, takes effect.  The shipping industry is one of the greatest contributors to pollution and carbon emissions on the planet. IMO 2020 will limit the sulfur content of ships’ oil and have far-reaching consequences throughout the environment and global economy. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, all carrier’s globally will have to reduce emissions from vessels with the use of bunker fuel with a sulfur content of 0.5%, compared with 3.5% sulfur in the high-sulfur fuel. Shipper’s will not need to make... Read More

The Need for Cargo Insurance

Posted on June 14, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Carriers do not guarantee the safe delivery of cargo. There is always the possibility that cargo will be damaged during the transportation process.  To make things worse, the carrier may not be responsible for the cargo loss or damage by the terms of the contract or as a matter of law. Ocean carriers in particular, are very well protected under the maritime law.  If your cargo is lost or damaged during sea transport – there is certainly no guarantee that the ocean carrier will be responsible. The bottom line is that cargo insurance is necessary to... Read More

Self-Driving Truck Company, TuSimple to Haul Mail for USPS

Posted on June 14, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Self-driving truck company TuSimple has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Postal Service to preform five round trips between their Phoenix, AZ and Dallas, TX distribution centers. This contract is supposed to take place over a two-week pilot program. The first run began on May 21, 2019 and is a journey of 1,000+ miles both ways. During the runs, TuSimple’s trucks will have a backup driver and a safety engineer on board to monitor the vehicles as they drive on the highway.TuSimple’s founder, president and chief of technology officer, Xiaodi Hou, announced, “Preforming for the... Read More

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